The City Walk
CBD Walk & Story-Telling
Walk the streets of Melbourne’s CBD to see a different angle.
Students are encouraged to challenge their own assumptions and recognise the danger of single stories.
Through interactive storytelling, students realise the strength of diversity in building a healthy city/society.
Explores homelessness, stereotypes, hierarchy, colonisation, power, addiction, connection and more…
- Unpacks and explores the nature of stereotypes and demonstrates that there is a danger in only hearing a single story.
- Uses storytelling to explore wealth and poverty in society and raises questions about the impact of hierarchy and systemic structural differences.
- Invites students to engage with civic life and see that their own health and wellbeing is tied in to the health and wellbeing of those around them.
- Curriculum matched to Civics and Citizenship, Geography and Health.
In CBD or Classroom
In a hands-on, interactive workshop students are encouraged to ask: What is empathy?
What happens when we empathise with people different to us? How does it change us and our society?
Experientially we learn to transform our perspective, our schools, our community and our world.
- Engages students in facilitated discussion and critique around empathy, exploring it as a powerful tool for creating a healthy society.
- Challenges students’ interactions with others, both similar and different from themselves.
- Reflect on, unpack and critique their assumptions and observe where these have impacted society.
- Includes tactile and cooperative problem solving activities.
* Please note that all prices shown are in AUD and exclude GST. Please contact us if class sizes present a challenge.
Meet the Neighbour
Engage with The Other
Students practice the skill of empathy through a panel style Q&A conversation with a small group of people from diverse backgrounds and experiences of marginalisation in our city venue.
By connecting with people we may have false assumptions about, students realise that these people are more than just stereotypes, they are our neighbours and we are all connected.
NB Students must participate in A Most Liveable City Walk and an Empathy Workshop prior to this session.
- A facilitated empathic experience for students to encounter multiple perspectives on issues and topics discussed.
- Student will interact with our in-person presenter and with “Neighbours” who have life experiences or expert knowledge of areas including marginalisation, homelessness, drugs & alcohol, mental health and LGBTQIA+
- Invites and challenges students to see that difference of opinion comes from each person's lived experience and it is this difference that makes our society healthy.
- Hosted in our CBD venue. Also available online/in schools
IS YOUR SCHOOL NEW TO THE INTERSECTION? We offer a significant discount on your first booking with us - just ask!
The Intersection is a non-profit social enterprise in the heart of the city of Melbourne. We exist to create social change by educating about empathy, diversity and connection. Our primary tools are story-based city walks, interactive workshops, and facilitated ‘intersections’.
Walks are delivered on the wealthy streets and graffiti laneways near the Paris end of Collins St in the Melbourne City CBD (convenient to Flinders St or Parliament Stations). Workshops are delivered in our dedicated classroom in the heart of the Chinatown district of the City of Melbourne (convenient to Parliament Station).
We can bring Empathy Workshop to your school (as an incursion), to your retreat or camp, or to other venues as desired.
Homelessness, addiction and racism are symptoms of a deeper problem of disconnection. The Intersection challenges your students to meet ‘the other’, because empathy, diversity and connection are vital to creating a liveable city for everyone.
Our sessions are primarily designed for schools, but can be tailored for workplaces, churches, non-profit organisations and community groups: anybody who wants to learn more about the margins of our city, to explore the impacts of stereotypes, hierarchy, homelessness & power, or increase their empathy for those different to themselves.
Need a session adapted for your cohort, only have a small group, or have unusual timing such as an evening session? Just ask and we will do our best to accommodate you.
N.B. Testimonials on this website are unsolicited. They may have been edited for clarity.
A teacher’s response to experiencing one of our sessions
Jay from Overnewton Anglican Community College commenting on our A Most Liveable City Walk, March 2021. Thanks Jay!
We believe empathy, diversity & connection
will create a healthy society
We deliver our Walks, Workshops and Intersections as excursions in the Melbourne CBD. OUR EMPATHY WORKSHOPS CAN ALSO BE BROUGHT TO SCHOOLS.
We can also provide customised workshops and experiences for your group.
“Our guide took us to notable destinations and told stories about the history of the city and about her life and experiences. We learnt interesting facts, and things we would not normally talk about, but probably should. Some stories were confronting and provocative, they encouraged us to reflect about how we can show compassion and empathy to those less fortunate than ourselves. We had a great experience and learnt a lot.”
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